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Preservica launches free-forever digital preservation in Australia

Preservica Starter edition, our popular free-forever and low-cost digital preservation and discovery solution, is now available hosted on AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney).

July 6, 2021

Preservica Starter edition, our popular free-forever and low-cost ($AUD 269 per month) digital preservation and discovery solution, is now available hosted on AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney).

Over the last year remote working and online access to digital materials has become increasingly important for many Australian government, academic, cultural and commercial organizations. Starter edition provides archives of all sizes across the region with an easy, locally hosted way to preserve important records and showcase digital collections that document Australia’s rich history. The solution ensures the vital steps to keep content safe and usable over decades are all automatically taken care of.

Digital Preservation regional workshop

The first 200 new users to sign-up for the free 5GB Starter edition from the Australia region will also be automatically enrolled onto a free of charge digital preservation regional workshop on 22nd July, 4pm AEST where they can join fellow archivists, records managers and Preservica experts to explore the practical steps of building a digital preservation archive using Starter.

A trusted platform & growing community

Starter edition is built on the same trusted active digital preservation platform as Preservica’s Professional and Enterprise editions which are already available on AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) making it easy for institutions to expand as needs grow.

New Starter users will also become part of a growing community of organizations using Preservica in the region including The National Archives of Australia (NAA), The National Library of Australia (NLA), the State Library of South Australia (SLSA), Moore College and many other government, cultural and academic institutions.

Over 1,200 archivists and records professionals around the world have signed-up for Starter edition in the few short months since its launch. The expansion of availability in Australia is part of Preservica’s mission to make digital preservation accessible to every archive and provide regional choice over where data is stored. Other AWS regions will follow in the coming months.

Preservica Starter at a glance:

The free-forever Starter edition is fully hosted in the cloud with 5GB of secure AWS storage, with no software downloads required. All stored data is highly resilient and includes multiple copies to ensure long-term integrity and accessibility.

Starter edition provides everything in one simple and intuitive application:

  • Upload, preserve, organize and share your content online in minutes
  • Quickly safeguard content in alignment with NDSA levels and OAIS
  • Transform files into recommended preservation formats on upload
  • Instantly render hundreds of formats without the original application
  • Easily organize your collections and enrich metadata on demand
  • Engage your audience online with easy sharing and discovery
  • Control which assets and folders are private or public

Start now with free 5GB Starter edition

Adam Bell, Cultural Outreach Manager at AARNet (Australia's Academic and Research Network) a Preservica partner for the region added:

“AARNet is delighted to see Preservica Starter launching in Australia. This solution is a great way for more collecting institutions in the region to get started with digital preservation to protect and share their special collections, institutional records and research.”

Phill Dance, Sales Manager at Acrodata/DMTas, a local Preservica partner for the region, added:

“Preservica’s Starter edition is the perfect way to quickly safeguard both digitized and born-digital materials in the cloud. And with Preservica’s Professional and Enterprise editions already hosted in the region, Starter gives institutions an immediate way to preserve and share digital content and expand as needs grow overtime.”

Limestone County, Alabama Archivist Rebekah Davis an early participant in the design of Starter says:

“I never thought I would say this about digital preservation, but Preservica’s Starter edition is fun. It’s easy to use and has great features that I enjoy working with to upload, organize and enrich our collections of government records, as well as historical videos and special collections.”

Mike Quinn, CEO Preservica adds:

“We are delighted to launch our free-forever Starter edition in Australia. It is part of our mission is to make digital preservation accessible to every archive. We look forward to welcoming institutions of all sizes looking for an affordable and locally hosted way to quickly preserve, curate and share digital collections that document the vibrant history of the region.”

About Preservica

With offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Oxford, U.K., Preservica is changing the way the world future-proofs and accesses critical long-term digital information – enabling organizations to drive innovation, confidently meet compliance and legal requirements and safeguard digital content of unique cultural and brand importance.

Our world-leading cloud-hosted (SaaS) and on-premise active digital preservation software is trusted by a rapidly growing customer base of organizations across the globe, from major corporations, to government bodies, and iconic cultural institutions, including HSBC, Associated Press, British Telecom, Yale, MoMA, 25 US state archives and 15 national and pan-national archives.